Water, Waste/Organics Processing
The Tiny Town Association, a not-for-profit Canadian corporation, is preparing to build the first Pocket Community in Kingston, Ontario. The property is currently in the review process in partnership with the City of Kingston. This proposed project would permit and support the construction of a 12-tiny home demonstration community on a 1-acre site.
This site will become a showcase for our Eco-responsible, Off-grid Community Model, and we are looking to include 12-tiny homes using a variety of builders and building systems. Once complete, we will schedule delegations from cities across Canada to visit the community, so they will appreciate how the Pocket Community Model using tiny homes can help address local, provincial and federal affordable housing demands. Additionally, our proposed demonstration project will highlight the importance of innovative and accessible approaches to sustainable affordable housing models in Canada.
The Sustainability/Environmental Policy/Ecological Economics, the Business & School of Policy Studies, and the Urban & Regional Planning, Business & Environmental Studies departments at Queen’s University plan to study the community over a 3-year period. They will provide the first hard data on the environmental impact of tiny home operating efficiencies, the social impact of community living and the environmental benefits of our Eco-responsible housing model.
Demonstration Project Objectives
Our aim is to develop a modular community model, that will allow us to begin small, and grow with demand. Our Pocket Community design provides this to a degree, in that it can expand in all directions without modification. Designers should take this into consideration when quoting.
We want to push the limits of an Eco-responsible living model. We will work with all the required government agencies to acquire approvals for new technologies and processes. We believe that addressing Climate Crisis issues can begin by designing, building and displaying new ways of living in an environmentally friendly way.
The tiny homes within our sites will be built to the following standards:
- All tiny homes will be designed with a black water system. This will collect sewage directly from the toilet. Each kitchen sink will include a garburator, which will feed into the blackwater line to add household organics to the feed.
- The tiny homes will be designed with a grey water system which will take water directly from the shower and bathroom sink.
The Pocket Community will be designed and built to incorporate the following:
- Rainwater/ground water - We want to collect and manage rainwater at all points including:
- Tiny home roofs,
- Community centre roof,
- Water storage - we are considering whether it would be best to process all water for consumption or maintain 2 separate systems.
- We are looking to include hydro electric production into the water system where possible.
- We are looking to have the water storage system to act as a type of energy storage system, utilizing spare energy for pumping to storage, and generating energy during discharge.
There are 6-sections to our waste/organic/water management needs.
- Waste processing - we are looking for a wastewater processing solution that goes beyond traditional septic system and will process the blackwater/household organics. The byproduct of the processing should be reusable in a gas and/or organic compost solution. We are open to recommendations, ideas and suggestions.
- Greywater processing - we are looking for a greywater processing solution. Our expectations are that we would use an organic filtration system, and then be able to process the organics through our waste processing afterwards. The filtered water would be added to our storm water containment, once processed for reuse. We are open to recommendations, ideas and suggestions.
- Drinking water processing - we are looking for a drinking water processing and storage solution. We plan to use a drilled well to feed the drinking water storage and we want to be able to process the greywater/stormwater storage to be able to supplement the drinking water as well. We are open to recommendations, ideas and suggestions.
- Infrastructure - we are looking for the design and construction of the piping to collect and distribute all water needs throughout the site. We are open to ideas and suggestions.
- Storage - we are looking for a design and construction of the stormwater, greywater and drinking water systems for the site. We would like to store water for about 2-years for the developed community (~500,000L). We are open to recommendations, ideas and suggestions.
- Energy - we want to use the water systems as a form of energy storage by using extra solar energy to pump water into the storage tanks, then generate power when water is drawn from storage.
The Pocket Community will pass all greywater, blackwater, stormwater and drinking water through the Smart-hub community centre to connect to each tiny home, as well as the centralized processing.
Demo vs Live
While this demonstration project is planned to only accommodate 12-tiny homes, it is expected that we will expand the site to develop a complete Tiny Town. A Tiny Town is planned to include upwards of 90-Pocket Communities (1,080 tiny homes ~ 2,500 people) when developed to capacity. While we would like to have all processing in place for the expansion, there are some constraints to be considered when submitting your RFP.
- Costs - our funding is limited on the demonstration project.
- Research - we have several Queen’s research departments that will be studying tiny home living and the Pocket Community operation, as well as the MOE, city delegations and other agencies.
- Performance - if your smaller unit does not perform to the same level as a full-scale unit, it may be better to find a way for a full-scale version to be built into the project.
- Efficiencies - if a full-scale version that can handle the capacity of 1,080 tiny homes (about 2,500 people) will not operate at the 12-tiny scale, it may not be the best solution.
- Presentation - we plan to invite delegations from cities across Canada to view and tour the demonstration project so they can see how our Pocket Community model can address:
- the affordable housing and homelessness crisis everywhere,
- small community environmental living impact, and
- how your products are a part of these solutions.
We are looking for quotes as follows:
- Section package
You may elect to provide a quote for an individual section,
- Complete Project package
You are encouraged to provide a quote for the complete waste/water management system.
Please forward your complete RFP form (attached). We are currently preparing our CMHC funding application for the demonstration Pocket Community project, so we need your quotes no later than Friday November 29, 2019 by 11:59pm to be included in our submission.